Tuesday 23 January 2018

Residents' concerns about quality of lives outlined

Fergal Maddock

THE proposed 'Swiftway' rapid bus transit service through the Pinegrove estate in Swords would be 'disruptive to local residents' and had a negative impact on the quality of life, according to a number of submissions made to the the National Transport Authority.

The NTA has just released details of the submissions made during the first round of public consultation held earlier in the year which it said would now be 'carefully considered and incorporated' as appropriate.

Further consultation is expected to take place on the Swords to city centre scheme in the Autumn.

An application for planning for the Swords to city centre scheme is expected to be made to An Bord Pleanala early next year.

The NTA's preferred route will run along Rathbeale Road to the entrance to Pine Grove Estate It will then run on a BRT only link over to Broadmeadow Road, crossing Jugback Lane. It will then run on a BRT only link to Castlegrange Green before continuing to Estuary Roundabout on the Swords Bypass.

The residents also submitted that the proposed route would also adversely affect the peace and tranquillity currently enjoyed, with concern expressed that quiet residential areas would becoming 'bustling roadways'..

They also claimed that it would cause danger for schoolchildren walking to and from St Finian's Community College and for residents attempting to get to Swords Library and JC Savages supermarket.

Another submission said that the route did not take into account the large population living to the west of Swords, including Rivervalley which has approximately one third of the population of the Fingal capital.

A request was made to the NTA to consider operating a short spur to the area during peak times.

An alternative route, commencing at Swords Manor, travelling along Murrough Road and Glen Ellan Road, and onto the Balheary Road was also suggested.

Concern was also expressed that the system would delay the development of Metro North by reducing the funds available for capital transport infrastructure development.

Fingal Independent

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